Ground Delay Hell?
Now that federal budget cuts have resulted in Federal Aviation Administration furloughs, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering lifting a rule that says airlines can't stay on the tarmac for more than three hours for domestic flights before letting passengers deplane, BussinessInsider reports.
The tarmac rule was put into place in 2009 after series of marathon delays, including one six-hour ground delay in Rochester, Minn.
Now two industry associations are requesting that the rule be lifted until furloughs end because of the “substantial delay and disruption to air travel that will occur at U.S. airports from the FAA decision to implement daily ground delays and reduce air-traffic control personnel” as part of the sequester.
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